James Manyika

Senior Vice President of Technology & Society at Google

Dr. James Manyika is a Senior Vice President at Google. He focuses on Technology and Society, including topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the future of work and the digital economy, to computing infrastructure, sustainability, and other areas that have the potential for broad impact on society.

Prior to Google, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey, and Chair and Director of the McKinsey Global Institute. Based in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, James advised the chief executives of many of the world’s leading tech companies. James led the McKinsey Global Institute for over 12 years, including leading research on AI and other technologies’ impact on business, the economy and on work, as well as on other global and societal trends. Earlier in his career, James published a book on AI and robotics, more recently on global trends.

James was appointed by President Obama as Vice Chair of the Global Development Council at the White House, and by two US Commerce Secretaries to the Digital Economy Board and the National Innovation Board. He serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. He has also served on national and international commissions, most recently, he co-chaired the state of California’s Future of Work Commission.

He is a Visiting Professor at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, and a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Responsible Computing Research and its Applications. He serves on the board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and on research institute boards at Oxford, MIT, LSE, and Toronto, and Stanford, where has also served on the 100-year study of AI and the AI Index.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Ethics & AI Institute, Oxford, a Distinguished Fellow of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, and a Fellow of DeepMind. A Rhodes Scholar, James has DPhil, MSc with distinction and MA from Oxford in AI and robotics, mathematics, and computer science, a BSc first class in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.

James serves on the boards of the Hewlett and MacArthur foundations and is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and Khan Academy. He was a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Economic Studies, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. At Oxford, he was a member of the Programming Research Group, the Robotics Research Lab, and was a research fellow at Balliol College.

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